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Lincoln Highway/Jefferson Highway Colo Interchange


The west approach

This was arguably the most important intersection in the United State for many years. Known as "Reed-Niland Corner," it was the junction of The Lincoln Highway and the Jefferson Highway. The Lincoln Highway was America's first coast-to-coast highway and the Jefferson Highway traveled from Winnipeg to New Orleans. Charlie Reed's L&J Service operated here until 1966. The curved road behind the gas station is an entrance/exit ramp for this primitive highway interchange.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in July 2007

BH Photo #111475

Street Views 


Steel stringer bridge over Over Us 65 on Co Rd E-41 (old Lincoln Highway)
Colo, Story County, Iowa
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Built 1938; rehabilitated 1976
Steel stringer
Span length: 37.1 ft.
Total length: 37.1 ft.
Deck width: 34.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.02232, -93.30937   (decimal degrees)
42°01'20" N, 93°18'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/474387/4652300 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
IA 49450 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 36216 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 62.4 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • December 27, 2017: Updated by Dana and Kay Klein: Added category "Othmar H. Ammann Nominee"
  • June 22, 2016: New photos from Jason Smith
  • June 21, 2016: Updated by Luke: Bridge's future is at risk.
  • March 23, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Jefferson Highway"
  • August 6, 2010: Updated by David Backlin: corrected GPS
  • July 31, 2010: New Street View added by Jason Smith
  • March 30, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added Bridge to "Lincoln Highway" Category
  • March 1, 2008: New photo from J.R. Manning
  • February 6, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning


  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Luke


Lincoln Highway/Jefferson Highway Colo Interchange
Posted June 22, 2016, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

More on the two proposals here: http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2016/06/22/nilands-cor... A meeting on the interchange's future is to take place tonight at Niland's Cafe.